Gray Skies, Green Food 

Even though it's cold outside, local growers are pondering the growing season and how food goes from seed to table.

"The corporate [agriculture] process relies entirely on anonymity. Because if we knew where [the food] came from, we wouldn't want to eat it," said Casey O'Leary from Local Grub, an area garden that supplies produce to the Boise Co-Op and the downtown Saturday Market.

Community supported agriculture (CSA) uses sustainable, local, farming methods that use less energy and eschew the use of chemicals. O'Leary said CSA farms take the mystery out of food.

"The only thing you can trust is looking people in the eye and asking, 'How did you grow that?'" O'Leary said.

There are still obstacles to making such produce accessible to everyone. Few CSA farms and even fewer retail outlets keep sustainable consumption from becoming the norm. And such produce tends to be more expensive.

"But that doesn't mean that the movement is only for rich people," O'Leary said.

Food stamps can't be used at community gardens or farmers markets. But at least one local farm, Morning Owl Farm, donates food to two needy families every growing season.

O'Leary said that if more people ate sustainable produce, "It would become the mainstream and it would be cheaper."

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